Here at 24-7 Prayer, we are passionate about people living in the fullness of life that Jesus promised and therefore are equally passionate about issues of justice. We have seen that same heart and passion in our friends at Naked Truth and we are privileged to serve their vision by creating spaces for prayer during their ‘P’ Word Conferences.

Ian Henderson, who founded Naked Truth 5 years ago, shared with us recently how his problem with porn lead him to giving his life to a porn project…

“I’ll be honest with you, it wasn’t something I had intended. I certainly didn’t sit down with my careers advisor at school and suggest it as part of my life plan.

But here’s the reason. I have a problem with porn. But then, we all do.

The birth of the internet, followed swiftly by it’s big fat brother broadband, were game changers both for those making and those looking for porn. Then in 2007, Steve Jobs stood on a California stage and introduced the world to his new idea – the iPhone. It was a revolutionary idea and great news for Apple fans like me, but also the beginning of a huge shift in our culture. The internet is great, and I can’t imagine trying to end a ‘family discussion’ without getting out my phone for Google’s final say. However, we have also become the ‘porn in our pocket’ generation, with anytime, anywhere access to unregulated content. Arguably never in history has pornography been more accessible, affordable, anonymous or potentially addictive. This shift is causing unparalleled damage to our culture, our churches and ourselves. That’s a problem

1 in 8 web searches is for erotic content. (1) In 2016, ONE porn site reported (2) 23 billion visits a year; that’s 1.9 billion a month (over 7 times the monthly visits to BBC iPlayer). (3) That porn site’s top 5 search terms include: Teen, Step Sister, Step Mum. (4) That’s a problem.

56% of men said their taste in porn had become “increasingly extreme or deviant” often creating problems in real relationships. (5) After analysing top-selling porn content, 88% of the scenes contained physical aggression. (6) That’s a problem.

An association of lawyers reported 56% of their divorce cases involved one party having an “obsessive interest” in pornographic websites. (7) That’s a problem.

In a recent government report 94% of teens said they had seen porn by the age of 14. (8) In other reports, 40% of 11-14 yr olds have used their mobile phones or computer to send or receive naked or topless images of themselves and friends. (9) That’s a problem.

41% of Christians admit to being addicted to pornography (10) yet only 7% of Churches have programs to help those struggling with porn. (11) That’s a problem.

Porn use leaves individuals broken and beaten down with shame and self-hate, feeling disconnected from God and community. Spouses and partners feel betrayed, isolated and to blame. Young people’s expectations of sex, intimacy and self-image are being shaped by profiteers and porn use. Porn performers speak of being coerced and controlled with some even the victims of trafficking. That’s a problem.

I think you get the picture, we all have a problem with porn. It may not be because of our personal porn use, but it’s our mates, our partners, our kids, our pastors, our churches, our culture. It’s our problem.

The Naked Truth Project aims to open eyes & free lives from the damaging impact of pornography.

We do this through awareness, education and recovery programmes. Whether it’s lessons in schools, parent workshops, online recovery groups for users or support for partners, we work with men and women, churched and unchurched, young and old.

Although, I strongly believe that pornography is one of greatest challenges our culture is facing and I also think it is one of the church’s greatest opportunities to see healing, salvation and transformation. We must prophesy to the bones, in prayer and action and begin to write a better story for our communities. As a church, we can help, but Jesus can actually heal and breathe new life.

This year Naked Truth is partnering with Care, alongside 24-7 Prayer, to put on The P WORD Conference. Taking place in Glasgow, Belfast and Cardiff, this day of teaching, worship and prayer aims to give churches a practical and pastoral response to pornography. We want to equip those in any kind of Church leadership to talk about and tackle pornography in their churches and communities. If you can’t come along, please pray for these crucial days.”

 

Ian Henderson is the founder of Naked Truth, he lives in Manchester. You can find him on twitter @hende. For more information about venues, prices and contributors visit www.pwordconference.com. To learn more about Naked Truth visit www.nakedtruthproject.com. To pray about this issue visit their youtube channel youtube.com/nakedtruthprayer or follow them on twitter (@nakedtruthteam) for daily prayer updates.

 

(1) Dr. Ogi Ogas and Dr. Sai Gaddam, A Billion Wicked Thoughts
(2) pornhub year in review 2016
(3) downloads.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/iplayer/iplayer-performance-apr17.pdf
(4) pornhub year in review 2016
(5) The Neilson company 2010
(6) Ana Bridges, Robert Wosnitzer, Chyng Sun, and Rachael Liberman, “Aggression and sexual behavior in best-selling pornography videos: A content analysis update,” Violence Against Women 16 (Oct. 2010): 1065-1085
(7) American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers 2002
(8) Taken from a sample 1000 teens-Dare to Care report 2016
(9) SW Grid for Learning Mar 11
(10) PremierChristianMedia 2015
(11) Covenant eyes 2016

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